Destination Information for Lesotho
Hidden away in Southern Africa, the Kingdom of Letho is a mountainous country. It is also known as the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’ and the ‘Switzerland of Africa.’ These names are thanks to the dramatic scenery of the Maloti Mountains. The rugged landscape and remote location of Letho means that most of the country can only be reached on foot, on horseback, or by light aircraft. Letho has the highest low point of any country in the world, and is the only country in the world to be entirely above 1,000m in altitude.
The capital of Lesotho is Maseru, on the north-west border with South Africa. Here there are some western-style shops, where you can stock up on supplies before venturing into the more remote areas of the country. To the north is the town of Hlotse or Leribe, another good stocking up point and home to many regional markets filled with fabulous craft stalls.
While the geographical features of Letho make it difficult to reach, they also make for a top adventure destination. Visitors here can try their hand at rock climbing, pony trekking, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. Hiking fans should make a point of visiting the Bokong Nature Reserve, where in winter the Lepaquoa waterfall freezes into a solid column! The remote Sehlabathebe National Park is another mountainous reserve great for wildlife spotting, waterfalls and ancient rock paintings.
There is no British embassy in Lesotho. Please contact the FCO for advice.